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The Southampton PressNovice farmers are cultivating a new crop: oysters by Vera ChineseSep 2, 09
"Prior to May, Jen Tiska of East Quogue, a stay-at-home mother of three, hardly considered herself a farmer. But now, she and her 7-year-old son, Richard, regularly don their aquaculturist hats and become the stewards of a farm that features 1,000 fledgling shellfish.
Once every three weeks, the pair ventures down to the Dune Road side of Shinnecock Bay, where they pull in a pair of cages using a clothesline pulley and inspect their crop of baby oysters. They clean their cages with a small wire brush that removes algae and make sure that their little mollusks are thriving, all in the hopes of increasing the shellfish population in the bay." MORE